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Renting a second property
Hello there I am trying to understand the rules regarding letting a second property. I thought that letting one property was considered to be investment income - which would affect income based ESA but not contributory based ESA. I understood that it would not be considered to be work if a lettings agency undertook the management of the property. I have seen a thread on another forum in which someone thought the same but he had received a letter from the DWP stating that he was in breach of the ESA rules because the income derived from letting is over the permitted work entitlement earnings threshold. This suggests that the DWP would see this as work. The thread is a year old and I have not been able to contact the person to see what happened. I'm very confused as benefit helplines have suggested it should be considered as investment income. Has anyone been in the same situation or do you have any knowledge of this? Many thanks